CARIBBEAN NETHERLANDS - To promote knowledge exchange and cooperation between the statistical offices on the islands and the Dutch CBS: that was the purpose of the first CBS Caribbean Conference on February 13th and 14th on Bonaire. The directors and a number of researchers from the statistical offices of the former Netherlands Antilles and the Netherlands attended this conference.

During the conference the Dutch Caribbean Statistical System (DCSS) was launched. The DCSS is a collaboration agreement between the statistical offices on the Islands and the Dutch CBS. The purpose of this agreement is that the parties will support each other to optimize their statistical systems. The first chairman of the DCSS is CBS Curacao, but the chairmanship rotates annually.

ROSEAU, Dominica  – Former Nigerian Minister of Petroleum Resources Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former Dominican diplomat, will be tried in the UK for alleged corrupt practices, according to media reports.

The trial has been fixed for June with new evidence from the proceedings of a Federal High Court in respect of the order of final forfeiture of $153-million allegedly traced to the ex minister, the report states.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) in the UK arrested Alison-Madueke on October 10, 2015 and four others for alleged bribery and corruption and money laundering.

The former minister, whose movement has been restricted to the UK, remains under investigation.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Police are investigating the circumstances that led to two people, including a 16-year-old, being shot a football match late Wednesday.

Police say 35-year-old Jason White of Fairview, Christ Church suffered two gunshot wounds to his left foot, while 16-year-old Keymar Holligan of Eden Lodge, St Michael was shot once in his left foot during the incident, which occurred around 8:28 p.m.

Both White and Holligan, members of the Belfield football team were playing in a match when White became involved in an altercation with a player from the opposing team.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua  –   Law enforcement authorities here have found two barrels containing compressed marijuana.

The discovery was made on Tuesday during a joint operation between the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP), the Customs & Excise Division and the Antigua and Barbuda Port Authority at the Deep Water Harbour.

The barrels originated from the United States.

WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao - On Thursday, March 2nd at dawn a party drug and weapons intercepted a vessel. The radar operator of the Rescue and Coordination KWCARIB detected a suspicious contact south of Curaçao. A unit from the Coastguard Centre for Parera be yanked right out to investigate the contact. About a mile south of Daaibooi they found an unlit vessel type to yola. There were four (4) persons on board. Following an investigation on board a decent amount was narcotics, six (6) small arms and ammunition were found. The four (4) occupants, three (3) were held immediately with Venezuelan and one with the Dominican nationality. Along with the vessel, narcotics and firearms, they are applied to the fulcrum to Parera. The vessel was seized. The four (4) suspects, drugs and weapons were transferred to the P olitie. The case is further investigation.

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Coast Guard intercepts drugs and firearms

In the early morning of Thursday March 2nd, the Dutch Caribbean Coastguard intercepted a large amount of drugs and firearms on a vessel. The radar operator of the Rescue and Coordination Centre of the Coast Guard detected a suspicious contact south of Curaçao.

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